My local Barnes & Noble has a fairly large selection of Mystery books. Mystery novels are not my most common reads, but I’ve been known to partake in them from time to time. Recently I’ve been working my way through Agatha Christie’s Poirot novels, and The Murder on the Links is another novel featuring the famous Belgian detective.
Poirot’s assistant Hastings is once again the primary viewpoint character in this book. There’s nothing terribly new here as far as characters go, you have your various suspects in the case as well as those who were affected by the murder, and they’re all well written if not overwhelmingly memorable.
Merlinville, France is the setting for this novel. Although it could really be any number of cities.
Similar to Dumb Witness, Poirot receives a letter from someone who believes they are in trouble only to find that the person is murdered before Poirot is able to help them. Ultimately it is up to Poirot to solve the mystery of what happened. This novel is slightly different in that while examining the clues for the first murder, a second body is found.
This is probably the shortest book review I’ve ever written to this point, but if you’ve read a couple of the Poirot mysteries you know that they follow a very set pattern. Although I will say that of the 5 Poirot novels I’ve now read I was only able to guess the murderer in one story, which is always a good thing. I’ve also been struck by the fact that in several of the stories that I’ve read, Poirot figures out who the murderer was, but for some reason or other he doesn’t personally arrest them. Either way, the stories are very interesting and usually surprising, even if the ultimate solution is occasionally hard to figure out before Poirot explains it.
Like most of the Poirot novels, this one is getting a 7. If you enjoy mysteries you’d enjoy these books, if mysteries aren’t your favorite they’re still good books but they might not blow you away.